A Palmerton man, already in jail on charges of sexual assault of a minor, will remain behind bars under $100,000 straight cash bail after spraying two other inmates with a mixture of body wastes.
Lester Allen Reeser Jr., 23, of 724 Pine St., is charged with assault by prisoner and aggravated harassment by prisoner. He was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.
Here's what happened, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean T. Smith:
At 3:33 p.m. March 11, Smith received a report of an assault from Dianne McFadden, whose son, Sean McFadden, is incarcerated at the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Nesquehoning. Diane McFadden told Smith she had gotten a letter from Sean, saying that he and his cellmate, David Archer, were assaulted by Reeser, who is also an inmate.
Sean McFadden said in his letter that the assault had happened at about 10:30 a.m. March 8, and he asked that police investigate the incident.
Smith went to the prison at 9 a.m. March 12, and spoke with a Sgt. Long, who confirmed the assault happened on March 8. Long gave Smith his and correctional officer James Youngkin's reports that Reeser had a bottle filled with urine and feces, which he sprayed on McFadden and Archer and their cell.
Smith then interviewed McFadden, who told him he had been asleep in his cell, with Archer present, when he heard someone at the food trap in his cell door. He looked, and saw it was Reeser. McFadden said Reeser got the trap open, stuck a plastic bottle in it and sprayed him and Archer with a mixture of urine, feces and semen. McFadden told Smith the mixture hit both men in their faces, eyes and mouths. McFadden said he knew what the substance was because it looked and smelled like urine and feces. He also told Smith that the day before, Reeser had threatened to "s*** bomb" him and Archer. McFadden had filed a complaint with prison staff about the threat.
Smith interviewed Archer, whose statement was consistent with McFadden's.
At 10:26 a.m. March 12, Smith spoke with Reeser, who gave a written statement that he was given a bottle of urine and feces, no semen, and told to spray McFadden and Archer. Reeser said he was told what was in the bottle, and said he had looked at it and smelled it, and so knew what it was.
He admitted to having sprayed the men.
Reeser said he committed the foul deed because McFadden had stolen coffee and numerous other commissary items from himself and from other inmates.
Smith reviewed the prison's surveillance system from March 8, which showed Reeser obtained the bottle filled with waste from the shower room. It also showed Reeser go to McFadden's and Archer's cell with the bottle, open the trap door, and spray the contents of the bottle on McFadden and Archer. The footage was downloaded onto a compact disc by Warden Joseph Gross, and given to Smith as evidence.
In October, Reeser, then of Coaldale, had waived his preliminary hearing on charges that he sexually assaulted a young girl in Lehighton.